Jen Tough Gallery

Portage  , oil on cradled panel, 12" x 12", 2016

Portage, oil on cradled panel, 12" x 12", 2016

Heart Nest,   oil on cradled panel, 12" x 12", 2017

Heart Nest, oil on cradled panel, 12" x 12", 2017

Floating  , oil on cradled panel, 20" x 30", 2017 

Floating, oil on cradled panel, 20" x 30", 2017 

Subterranean,   oil on cradled panel, 12"x12", 2017

Subterranean, oil on cradled panel, 12"x12", 2017

8 Directions of the Wind  , oil on cradled panel, 12" x 12", 2017

8 Directions of the Wind, oil on cradled panel, 12" x 12", 2017

The Dark  , oil on cradled panel, 12" x 12", 2017

The Dark, oil on cradled panel, 12" x 12", 2017

Lisa Pressman

"My work embodies a visual synthesis of stored memory. Personal recollections, both vivid and vague, build and decompose over time. Each painting, with its complex layered surface, elicits a visceral response, reshaping its own new history." —Lisa Pressman

Lisa had a solo exhibition at the gallery in February 2018 called The Heart of It. You can read more about it here.

When a collector recently asked Lisa Pressman how much time she had spent making a recent painting she answered directly: “About thirty years.” It’s an answer that likely came across as a bit flip at first, but considering the depth of experience that goes into her work, Pressman’s response was actually both forthright and graceful. To forge the searching, varied and surprising images that she makes, Pressman relies heavily on intuition: a faculty that has taken her many years to trust and talk about. “For many years I used to be embarrassed to talk about intuition,” she reflects, “but as time goes on I realize it is my strength."

Pressman is process-oriented and each image represents a kind of gradual accretion of ideas and methods that wouldn’t be possible without the broad foundation of caprices and ruminations that preceded it. Her work, which is abstract but still very much inspired by the process of seeing, has a sense of visual “rightness” that only intuition can validate. When she teaches, Pressman often tells her students to stare at something and then close their eyes as they draw it. Why? Because she feels that portraying the essence of things—filtered and re-constituted by the myriad subtleties of consciousness—is better than drawing from life. —John Seed, Interview in Huffington Post


1983 MFA, Painting, Bard College, Annandale-on-the-Hudson, NY
1979 BA, Fine Arts Douglass College, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ

Solo Exhibits

Passing Through, Causey Contemporary, NY, NY 2015
Inside Outside, R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY, 2015
Mapping a PlaceSusan Eley Fine Art, New York, NY, 2014
Inside Matters,  Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2013
The Journey, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
Center for Visual Art, Summit, NJ, 2010
Jack Meir Gallery, Houston, TX, 2009
Ocean County Artist’s Guild, Island Heights, NJ 2008
Block Gallery, Montclair, NJ 2007
Present and Past, Goat Café Gallery, South Orange, NJ, 2006 Introductions, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, TX, 2005
From the past, Philips Lighting Gallery, Somerset, NJ, 2005
New Work, Classic Design Gallery, Maplewood, NJ 2004
Time Will Tell, Pierro Gallery of South Orange, South Orange, NJ, 2003
New Work, Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ, 2001
Park Avenue Club, Florham Park, NJ, 1999
Recent Work, Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ, 1996
Images, Marks, Dreams and Words, MCA, Rutherford, NJ, 1995


2011 PRESENTER, The Encaustic Studio: A digital look into artist’s studios from around the country. Conference of Encaustic Painting, Beverly, MA
2010 PRESENTER, The Encaustic Studio :A digital look into artist’s studios from around the country, Conference of Encaustic Painting Beverly, MA
2010 JUROR, Member Show, West Orange Arts Council, West Orange, NJ
2009-10 Encaustic Demonstration, R & F Handmade Paint, NJCVA, Summit, NJ
2008 Encaustic Demonstration, Jerry’s Art Supply, West Orange, NJ
2008 JUROR Member Show Edison Arts Society, Edison, NJ

 Visiting Artist Lectures

Wax: Medium Meets Message, Morean Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL, 2012 Artist Talk
Kindred Spirits, Schiltkamp Gallery, Clark University, Worcester, MA, 2010 Artist Talk
Illusive Balance: Transcendental Pattern and Layered Surface, Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, New Brunswick, NJ, 2010 Artist Talk
Who Does She Think She is? Panel Discussion about movie by  Pamela Tanner Bell, St. Elizabeth’s College, Madison, NJ, 2009


Seed, John, Lisa Pressman: Trusting Intuition, 2015 (catalogue)
Woods, Lynn, Art as Fresh as Spring”, Kingston Times, March 20, 2015
Seed, John, “Ten Memorable Paintings from 2014″, Huffington Post, December 22,2014
Bishoff, Dan, “ Mapping Time”, Star Ledger, March 31 , 2013
Institute for Women and Art, 40 years of Women in Art at Douglass Library, May 2012
Allen, Randy, “Wax is Hot,” , Tampa Bay Art, March 2012
Gottard, Luis “Wax: Medium Meets Message at the Morean Arts Center,”  Art Taco, March 2012
Newhall, Edith “Meticulous and Abstract, they’re back on the Scene” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 2011
Brierly, Susan, “The Art of The Party” Park Place Magazine, March 2010
Seed, John, Studio Visits, Huffington Post, December 2010
Interview: R&F Artist of the Month,  R&F Handmade Paints,  November 2009
Tobin, Nancy, West of Chelsea: Lisa Pressman, The New York Times, August 2009
Contemporaries-eleven abstract painters on, July 2009
LePoidevin, Michelle H. “The Franks Flourish” Westfield Leader, 2002
Bischoff, Dan “Art”, Star Ledger, Feb 1998
Birnbaum, Cata, “Out and About”, NJ Monthly, December 1996
Filler, Marion, “Get CLose to Work of Four ArtistsDaily Recrod, December 1996
“Spotlighting Four Women Artists” Daily Record, December 1996
Watkins, Eileen, “Art” Star Ledger, July 1995
Devlin, John, “In the Towns”  Star Ledger, July 1995
Hall, Meredith, “Women Assume Their Place”, ART SPEAK, December 1992

The River of Fire  , oil on cradled panel, 12" x 12", 2017

The River of Fire, oil on cradled panel, 12" x 12", 2017

Keeper of the Light  , oil on cradled panel, 12" x 12", 2017

Keeper of the Light, oil on cradled panel, 12" x 12", 2017